New Federal Guidelines on Job Discrimination May Help Pregnant Workers

There are new federal guidelines on job discrimination that could help pregnant workers.{}{}{} The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission adopted expanded rules, making it clear that any form of workplace discrimination against pregnant workers is illegal.The guidelines spell out for the first time how the Americans with Disabilities Act applies to pregnant workers.{}{}{} Law experts say the new guidelines should give lawyers more ammunition in defending clients who are victims of this discrimination.{}{}{} New guidelines include prohibiting employers from forcing pregnant workers to{} take leave and acknowledging that employers might have to provide light duty for pregnant workers.